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|Born|| April 13, 1934
Midland, Ontario, Canada
|Current position||Senior Advisor|
|Current team||Phoenix Coyotes|
|Previous team(s)||Edmonton Oilers
New York Rangers
|Stanley Cup wins||5|
|Years as a coach||1950s–2000|
|Years as an NHL coach||1989–2000|
John Muckler (born April 13, 1934) is a professional hockey coach and executive, most recently serving as the general manager of the Ottawa Senators of the NHL. Muckler has over 50 years of professional hockey experience as a part owner, general manager, director of player personnel, director of hockey operations, head coach, assistant coach and player. He has been a part of five Stanley Cup championships in various roles.
Muckler began his professional coaching career as a player/coach in 1959 with the EHL's New York Rovers. He then spent the next 20 years in off-ice positions with the New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars and Vancouver Canucks before joining the up and coming Edmonton Oilers organization in 1981. During those 20 years, Muckler served briefly as head coach of the Minnesota North Stars in 1968–69, and won multiple regular-season titles, playoff championships and league coach-of-the-year honours in the minor leagues. For his successes, The Sporting News named him the top coach in minor-league hockey in 1979.
While with the Oilers, Muckler served as an assistant coach with the Stanley Cup winners in 1984 and 1985 and was designated co-coach during the 1987 and 1988 championship seasons. When head coach/general manager Glen Sather decided to relinquish his coaching duties in 1989, Muckler was promoted to head coach and led the club to its fifth Stanley Cup in seven years in 1990.
In 1991, Muckler left the Oilers organization and was hired by the Buffalo Sabres. Initially the club's director of hockey operations, he soon accepted the team's head coaching position and guided the Sabres for the next four seasons. He also assumed the role of Sabres' general manager in 1993. A finalist for the NHL coach of the year award in 1994, Muckler stepped down from coaching in 1995 to focus on his front-office duties and was named "NHL Executive of the Year" by The Sporting News for the 1996–97 season. Sabres President Larry Quinn fired Muckler in the 1997 offseason.
Muckler last worked in the NHL as a head coach of the New York Rangers from 1997 to 2000. His career coaching record is 276–288–84, combined with a 233–167–53–7 career record as an NHL general manager, and he has been involved in more than 2,000 professional games in varying roles. His résumé also includes three appearances at the National Hockey League All-Star Game and two appearances (1984 and 1987) on the coaching staff of the Canada Cup-winning Team Canada.
Muckler joined the Ottawa Senators as GM in June 2001, and presided over what was arguably the team's most successful period. The team ultimately reached the Stanley Cup finals in 2007 but lost to the Anaheim Ducks in a five game series. Despite this success, the Senators announced that Muckler had been fired on June 18, 2007. Head coach Bryan Murray was promoted to replace him.
Notable trades and signings as GM
- Acquired Charlie Huddy, Robb Stauber and Alexei Zhitnik from Los Angeles Kings for Grant Fuhr, Philippe Boucher and Denis Tsygurov in 1995.
- Acquired Michael Peca and Mike Wilson from Vancouver Canucks for Alexander Mogilny in 1995.
- Acquired Miroslav Satan from Edmonton Oilers for Barrie Moore and Craig Millar in 1997
- Acquired Brian Pothier from Atlanta Thrashers for Shawn McEachern and a sixth-round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft on June 29, 2002
- Acquired Peter Schaefer from Vancouver Canucks for Sami Salo on September 12, 2002
- Acquired Peter Bondra from Washington Capitals for Brooks Laich and a second-round pick in 2005 NHL Entry Draft (Chris Durand) on February 18, 2004
- Acquired Greg De Vries from New York Rangers for Karel Rachunek and Alexandre Giroux on March 9, 2004
- Signed Dominik Hasek in 2004
- Acquired Dany Heatley from Atlanta Thrashers for Marian Hossa and Greg De Vries in 2005
- Acquired Tom Preissing, Josh Hennessy, Michal Barinka and a second-round pick (Patrick Wiercioch) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft from Chicago Blackhawks for Martin Havlat and Bryan Smolinski on July 10, 2006.
- Signed Martin Gerber in 2006.
- Signed Joe Corvo in 2006
- Acquired Mike Comrie from Phoenix Coyotes for Alexei Kaigorodov on January 3, 2007
- John is married to wife Audrey and they have 5 children.
|1952–53||Galt Black Hawks||OHA||54||6||16||22||0|
|1953–54||Galt Black Hawks||OHA||Statistics Unavailable|
|1955–56||Baltimore Clippers / Charlotte Rebels||EHL||62||11||34||45||82||--||--||--||--||--|
|1959–60||New York Rovers||EHL||64||8||25||33||105||--||--||--||--||--|
|1960–61||New York Rovers||EHL||64||7||23||30||128||--||--||--||--||--|
|1961–62||Long Island Ducks||EHL||68||10||26||36||99|
|1962–63||Long Island Ducks||EHL||50||3||21||24||93|
NHL coaching statistics
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|MIN||1968–69||35||6||23||6||-||(51)||6th in West||Missed playoffs|
|EDM||1989–90||80||38||28||14||-||90||2nd in Smythe||Won Stanley Cup|
|EDM||1990–91||80||37||37||6||-||80||3rd in Smythe||Lost in Conference Finals|
|BUF||1991–92||52||22||22||8||-||(74)||3rd in Adams||Lost in first round|
|BUF||1992–93||84||38||36||10||-||86||4th in Adams||Lost in second round|
|BUF||1993–94||84||43||32||9||-||95||4th in Northeast||Lost in first round|
|BUF||1994–95||48||22||19||7||-||51||4th in Northeast||Lost in first round|
|NYR||1997–98||25||8||15||2||-||(68)||5th in Atlantic||Missed playoffs|
|NYR||1998–99||82||33||38||11||-||77||4th in Atlantic||Missed playoffs|
|NYR||1999–2000||78||29||35||11||3||77||4th in Atlantic||(fired)|
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|BUF||1993–94||84||43||32||9||-||95||4th in Northeast||3||4||.428||Lost in First Round (NJ)|
|BUF||1994–95||48||22||19||7||-||51||4th in Northeast||1||4||.200||Lost in First Round (PHI)|
|BUF||1995–96||82||33||42||7||-||73||5th in Northeast||–||–||–||Missed Playoffs|
|BUF||1996–97||82||40||30||12||-||92||1st in Northeast||5||7||.416||Lost in Second Round (PHI)|
|OTT||2002–03||82||52||21||8||1||113||1st in Northeast||11||7||.611||Lost in Third Round (NJ)|
|OTT||2003–04||82||43||23||10||6||102||3rd in Northeast||3||4||.428||Lost in First Round (TOR)|
|OTT||2005–06||82||52||21||—||9||113||1st in Northeast||5||5||.500||Lost in Second Round (BUF)|
|OTT||2006–07||82||48||25||—||9||105||2nd in Northeast||13||7||.650||Lost in Stanley Cup Final (ANA)|
|Total||624||333||213||53||25||744||3 Division Championships||41||37||.525||0 Stanley Cups
7 Playoff Appearances
Assistant/Minor League Coaching Records
Season Team Lge Type GP W L T OTL Pct Result 1964-65 Long Island Ducks EHL Head Coach 72 42 29 1 0 0.590 1965-66 Long Island Ducks EHL Head Coach 72 46 23 3 0 0.660 1967-68 Memphis South Stars CPHL Head Coach 70 24 34 12 0 0.429 1968-69 Memphis South Stars CHL Head Coach -------Replaced Mid-Season------- 1970-71 Cleveland Barons AHL Head Coach -------Replaced Mid-Season------- 1971-72 Cleveland Barons AHL Head Coach 76 32 34 10 0 0.487 Lost in round 1 1972-73 Cleveland/Jacksonville Barons AHL Head Coach 76 23 44 9 0 0.362 Out of Playoffs 1973-74 Providence Reds AHL Head Coach 76 38 26 12 0 0.579 Lost in Finals 1974-75 Providence Reds AHL Head Coach 76 43 21 12 0 0.645 Lost in round 1 1975-76 Providence Reds AHL Head Coach 76 34 34 8 0 0.500 Lost in round 1 1976-77 Rhode Island Reds AHL Head Coach 53 21 30 2 0 0.415 Out of Playoffs 1978-79 Dallas Black Hawks CHL Head Coach 76 45 28 3 0 0.612 Won Championship 1981-82 Wichita Wind CHL Head Coach 80 44 33 3 0 0.569 Lost in round 2 1982-83 Edmonton Oilers NHL Assistant Coach 1983-84 Edmonton Oilers NHL Assistant Coach 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers NHL Assistant Coach 1985-86 Edmonton Oilers NHL Co-Coach 1986-87 Edmonton Oilers NHL Co-Coach 1987-88 Edmonton Oilers NHL Co-Coach 1988-89 Edmonton Oilers NHL Co-Coach
|Head coach of the Minnesota North Stars
|Head coach of the Edmonton Oilers
|Head coach of the Buffalo Sabres
|Head coach of the New York Rangers
|General Manager of the Ottawa Senators
|General Manager of the Buffalo Sabres